"Hollow Hills" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, David John Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
Ancient Earth work fort and barrow
Discreetly hide their secret abodes
The most fearful hide deep inside
And venture not there upon Yuletide

For invasion of their hollow hills
That music hold and Oberon fill
Is surely recommended not
For fear of death, in fear of rot

Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Hollow hills

Baleful sounds and wild voices ignored
Ill luck disaster the one reward
Violated sanctity of supermen's hills
So sad, love lies there still
So sad
So sad
Hollow hills
Hollow hills
Witches too and goblin too and speckled sills
Lament repent oh mortal you
So sad
So sad


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"Hollow Hills" as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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    General CommentOld faerie lore...hollow hills were abodes of the fae.
    Chloe le Fayon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf my memory serves me well, I heard peter murphy once said this song was about the astral world or something supernatural.
    raindog_mxon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis has to be my favorite Bauhaus song, simply for its mix of interesting vocals and slow-donned keyboard work. Positively gorgeous. Love the lyrics, as well; brilliant writing style.
    LaDiabloon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHollow Hills to me, seems to be a lament for the faerie that lived in those hollow hills, and had their land invaded. The "violated sanctity" is the cause for mourning, and not only do witches and goblins mourn, so do the mortals.

    Prehaps this stands for something more allegorical. Who knows.
    PreiSamhainon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh god, this is a beautiful song, possibly one of my favorites.

    Bauhaus
    itsxpartyxtimeon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou'll find out that some of the lyrics in this song are lifted straight out of a book on faeries written in the 80's.

    in response to LaDiablo's comment about the slowed down keyboard work, well there isn't any! Daniel Ash plays this on guitar using a drumstick much like a violin bow.
    simoonon June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think you will find that it is most directly inspired by an Arthur Machen story, which actually contains the line "For invasion of their hollow hills is surely recommended not"
    Clownfishon August 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think i read somewhere that this song is loosely based on the story "the hill of dreams" by arthur machen. makes sense.
    shadowplay86on August 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSome errors in the lyrics:

    "earthwork" is one word: "Ancient earthwork, fort and barrow"

    "ill luck", not "in luck": "ill luck, disaster-- their one reward" ("in luck" doesn't even make sense: hey, you're in luck! Disaster!)
    Lijemoon April 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commentone more comment on the "keyboard" thing... Daniel played with an ebow, so he probably used it here. And tons of verb n delay. I don't see it possible to use drumstick as a bow, maybe as a slide on the fretboard, but that would interfere with the strings resonating... anyway, I think their lyrics are nonsensical written around the feelings they evoke, just like Tones on Tail.
    kmesseon March 06, 2012   Link

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